(from the Emilio website)
“Quetzal” was a bird sacred to native Central Americans, and written about in
many of their early texts. Our Quetzal is medium bodied featuring outstanding
complexity, underneath rich sweetness and light spice. Ecuador Habano wrapper,
with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler in 20 count boxes.
Available in the following sizes:
Quetzal Toro (reviewed today)
Quetzal Grande 660
As you can see not a lot is known about the Quetzal. Gary Griffith is keeping his cards close to his chest on this one. So, let's see how it smokes and get the rundown on the flavors.
The cigar is pretty well made with a few bumps and ridges but overall well made. The density of the cigar feels very good.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The cold draw had sweet notes. The initial flavors at light up were orange citrus, white chocolate, oak and coffee. The pepper is a white pepper and rated at a 7.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors are still the same as the initial assessment. The finish is a very long sweet finish consisting of white chocolate and orange citrus combination. There is a little lingering white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied.
The cigar did not change much from the 2 inch point to the end. The only thing that changed was the priority of flavors. The primary flavors were the cocoa/citrus and wood notes. The white chocolate would move forward or decrease at any given point. The coffee remained a nice base. The cigar ended as medium bodied. The finish did not change much either. The cigar burned very evenly. The flavor combination was a little out of the norm but in a good way. Gary Griffith has another cigar that's well worth you trying. I do not know the price point of these cigars as it was sent to me by Gary for review. Look for these at any shop that carries House of Emilio cigars.